The Pew Research Center has released findings of a survey of 2,002 American adults and 3,748 U.S.-based members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. There is a lot of great information in here that illustrates how scientists and the public view science, it’s role the world, STEM education, and each other. What they collectively illustrate is the ongoing need to foster science literacy in the United States. As Pew’s Lee Rainie argues:
“Science issues are increasingly civic issues, and they’re not distinct. They’re not off to the side,” he said. “They’re at the center of what defines the culture and the society and how people live their lives.”
In short, science in highly relevant to and impacts our day-to-day lives. It’s crucial that everyone learns to use science to interpret, analyze, and make effective decisions about challenging, real-world issues.
Congratulations to MoHSES and PIESC3 project doctoral student Laura Zangori for being accepted to the 2013 Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students. The institute will be held July 15 – 19, 2013 on the George Washington University campus and the offices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. Laura’s current research, which is embedded in the MoHSES project, focuses on characterizing 3rd-grade students’ model-based scientific reasoning about hydrologic phenomena. The work is part of broader project efforts to foster effective elementary science learning environments that afford students iterative opportunities to construct, use, evaluate, and revise models, one of 8 scientific practices articulated in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, of the water cycle over time. Laura is currently wrapping up MoHSES project Year 1 data collection in 6 3rd-grade classrooms. The Abell Institute will provide Laura an exciting opportunity to benefit from others’ feedback on her work.